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Comment: Re:To those who never could run any business ... (Score 3, Insightful) 421

by narcc (#49803721) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

Where is the humbleness of a scholar, the curiosity of a adventurer and the tenacity of a researcher?

This is Slashdot. By long tradition, we present first the ego of the autodidact and the arrogance of the Trekkie. As for tenacity, the Slashdot user is unrivaled -- holding fast to the belief that their thoughts opinions are infallible.

In other words, instead of nerds that we are attracting, Slashdot ends up attracting a bunch of ignorant assholes who think they are smarter than the rest of the humankind

That would be correct. Though to be fair, it's really only been this way since ~1997.

Comment: Re:Doesn't get it (Score 1) 306

but few do it well without some talent for it.

That's a bit nebulous, isn't it? It doesn't matter if you believe talent to be in-born (which I do not) or earned (which I do). Either way, that argument can be applied to every skillful activity.

That doesn't make literacy (computer or other) useless at all.

Re-read my post. You'll quickly discover that I agree with that completely.

Comment: Re:I'm sure /. will ridicule it, but... (Score 1) 306

That seems unlikely. It turns out that educated parents are more likely to be crazy anti-vaxxers.

As for homeopathy, a chemistry class isn't going to explain what homeopathy is or why it's nonsense. You'll find most people think it means 'natural'. Not that it matters. Avoiding the stuff is tricky. These days, homeopathic remedies go out of their way to avoid being identified as homeopathic. Worse, non-homeopathic things are being clearly labeled as homeopathic (like some zinc products) further confusing the issue for people who at least try to stay informed. (I put more blame on the pharmacy for allowing that on the shelves in the first place than I do homeopaths.)

A little knowledge of chemistry isn't going to help them identify and avoid the stuff. A health class would be far better suited for that.

Comment: Re:Doesn't get it (Score 4, Insightful) 306

Why does this come up in every discussion?

Programming is not special. It does not require a "special mind" or other magical in-born trait. Whatever cognitive skills you believe are requisite are shared by many other subjects. Nor is programming a particularly difficult skill to acquire -- children can, and often do, teach themselves. Odds are good that you taught yourself sometime around the age of 10, +/- a year or two.

"Oh, but only a few can be truly great", someone is bound to say in one form or another. Then we'd better not waste resources teaching children to write, as only a few will have the skill of Hemingway. Nor should we teach them arithmetic, as so few are capable of becoming great mathematicians.

The ability to write computer programs should not be such a large part of your identity. It's like seeing smug posts from folks who can drive a vehicle with a manual transmission -- a skill that took me an hour to learn, and a week to master. That does not make me special. Being able to write computer programs doesn't make me special. They're both simple skills anyone can learn.

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